The Clare-Gladwin RESD Board of Education approved the hiring of Mike Simon as the new Clare- Gladwin Area School principal at the June 13 meeting. Simon will replace current Area School Principal Maureen Thurlow, who will retire this month after a decade of service. In addition to the Area School, Simon will supervise the High School Transition Classroom.
With 13 years of experience in the special education field, the Westphalia native said he is excited to meet the students and staff of the Area School. “In the past, I’ve built strong relationships with the people within the school organization and within the community,” he said. “I’m looking forward to establishing those relationships here.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a major in special education, Simon began his career at the Midland County Educational Service Agency, where he was responsible for implementing the newly created severely multiply impaired classroom at H.H. Dow High School. He then went on to work for St. Louis Public Schools as a teacher for the resource room and mildly cognitively impaired.
Most recently, Simon served as the moderately cognitively impaired and Gratiot County community based education teacher for the Gratiot-Isabella Regional Education Service District, and is also an adjunct instructor for Central Michigan University.
Simon, who holds a master’s degree in Educational Technology from CMU, will begin his new role this summer.
In his spare time, Simon is an avid runner and participates in races around the state. He also competes in triathlons. Simon enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews, and traveling out west.